I would like to purchase rolls of Uncirculated coins (1-, 5-, 10- and
25-cent coins) that are still in their Fed wrappers. I have asked at
many banks in my area, but no one can help (many of them don’t know
what I’m talking about). The U.S. Mint is of no use at all; they are
simply interested in selling specialized coins.
I want normal coins, in Fed wrappers and uncirculated. I also don’t
want to go to a dealer to obtain them.
Where can I get these coins?
It may take a lot of perseverance and a lot of luck to obtain rolls
of Uncirculated current year coins that were struck at the Denver and
The Federal Reserve, or “Fed,” does not wrap any circulation quality
coins in rolls and hasn’t done so for decades. Therefore, the
collector will be unable to find any Federal Reserve rolls of current
coinage of any denomination.
The Fed contracts with armored car companies such as Brink’s, Garda,
Dunbar, Armored Transport and Loomis, to wrap hundreds of thousands of
freshly minted circulation-quality Uncirculated coins shipped to them
from the U.S. Mint, based on Fed orders.
Banks and other financial institutions participating with the
Federal Reserve Banks pay a fee to have the coins wrapped in paper
rolls or plastic rolls, depending on the preference of the armored carrier.
The Mint packages for shipment in jumbo nylon bags or in special
tank containers to the Fed-contracted coin terminals 400,000 Lincoln
cents, 240,000 Jefferson 5-cent coins, 500,000 Roosevelt dimes or
200,000 American the Beautiful quarter dollars.
Unfortunately, today’s collectors may find it much more difficult to
find original rolls of currently circulating coinage at face value
than collectors experienced in the past. However, the growth of social
media and websites may aid collectors in their searches.
The website www.reddit.com/r/CRH is primarily aimed at
reporting finds made in rolls of coins that forum participants search.
Similiarly, the website www.coincommunity.com/forum/forum.asp?FORUM_ID=147
is also primarily a forum for collectors who search old rolls of coins
for silver pieces, errors, varieties and other collector pieces.
A collector participating in either of these forums might gain
pointers from other forum members on the best ways to obtain rolls of
A Web search for such terms as “coin roll hunting” or “CRH” might
lead a collector to additional sites of interest.